One of the reasons that conspiracy theories and internet sleuthing are on the rise is because there’s a critical breakdown in trust between the public and the government.
That breakdown can be organic and it can also be manufactured. Either way, it breeds distrust, suspicion, and drives a frenetic need in the public to uncover the “truth.”
We saw that happen in 2016 with the left’s obsession over all things “Russia.” Those conspiracy theories ran amok for four-plus years, and were fueled by political leaders and the mainstream media which convinced a large swath of the public that Vladimir Putin was secretly running the White House.
The left sincerely thought they were completely justified in what they believed — they felt distrust, disenfranchised, and out of control.
In the end their conspiracy was proven false, but to this day, many on the left are still wearing their tinfoil hats and pushing the Russia nonsense.
In all fairness, the right also engages in conspiracy theories as well — again, it’s human nature to distrust the “powers that be.”
And one incident that has sparked a lot of different theories and internet sleuthing is the melee that unfolded at the Capitol on January 6th.
That event has been marred by fake news, politicization, and has also been used by politicians as a weapon of mass control and destruction- and no, that’s not a “conspiracy theory,” it’s fact.
Early reports from “trusted” mainstream news sources claimed that Trump supporters beat a cop to death with a fire extinguisher.
That never happened, but if you spend any time on social media, you will see many people still pushing that lie. The same goes for calling it an “armed insurrection.” Trump supporters were not armed. The only people who had guns were Capitol Police. And to this date not a single person has been charged with the crime of insurrection.
However, those lies were the green light for Joe Biden to turn DC into a real-life version of the Hunger Games and unleash the power of his DOJ on “political dissenters.”
When in realty, the biggest tragedy that unfolded on January 6th was the shooting death of unarmed Trump Supporter Ashli Babbitt.
Many of the conspiracy theories surrounding January 6th revolve around her death — mainly because the government will not reveal the name of the man who shot her. By law, they don’t have to tell us who he is. Basically, “what happens on Capitol Hill, stays on Capitol Hill.”
They also decided not to charge him with her death, even though the Medical Examiner listed her cause of death as “homicide.”